As part of the 2015 Manhattan Cocktail Classic, “A Deliciously Decadent Afternoon of Chocolate and Cocktails”, presented by The Cocktail Guru Inc. and Valrhona Chocolates, is expanding.

Guests will be whisked away to the spacious second floor of lavish Times Square hot spot, URBO (URBO Loft) where a world of deliciously decadent VALRHONA chocolates and VALRHONA based chocolate pastries and confections will be paired with masterful cocktails and punches created and crafted by The Cocktail Guru team of illustrious Mixologists including Pamela Wiznitzer (Seamstress NY), James Menite (The Plaza Hotel), Mimi Burnham (Porchlight), Ovide Matte (Bookmarks Lounge) Hal Wolin (The Cocktail Guru), and Darnell Holguin (Jimmy at The James). We are excited that our guest host and master of ceremony will be Johnny Iuzzini, James Beard Award Winning Pastry Chef and head judge of Top Chef: Just Desserts. For the first time, our entertainment will be provided by the superb 13-piece Stan Rubin Orchestra.

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Delectable VALRHONA Chocolate pastries and confections will be created and served by the following restaurants and bakeries: David Burke KitchenThe Black Ant/OfrendaButter & ScotchThe Cecil /Minton’sElisa’s Love BitesJam Jar, Print at the Ink 48 HotelRebelleRoni-Sue’s ChocolatesStanton Street KitchenSugar Couture, and URBO.

Beverage partners include: Cognac Pierre FerrandSolerno LiqueurMolinari Sambuca ExtraVan Gogh VodkaThe Perfect Puree of Napa ValleyWild HibiscusHudson WhiskeyWild Hibiscus Co.Don Q RumCherry Heering/XanteFour Roses BourbonCutty Sark/Highland Park Scotch WhiskyMerlet LiqueursGotham Artisanal, and Frangelico.

A new VIP option is available for the first time – VIP is one hour earlier, and includes special punches, demos, and musical performances. VIP and Regular Admission tickets are available now

About The Cocktail Guru:

Created in 2005 by preeminent bartender Jonathan Pogash, The Cocktail Guru has grown to be one of the most highly regarded beverage consulting firms in the U.S. The Cocktail Guru creates and executes beverage programs for bars and restaurants, staffs special events, designs bespoke cocktails, teaches Mixology, and provides beverage brands with insight and marketing advice.